Hi! I’m new to the forum, and new to audio recording. Before I even start I want to mention I’ve been lurking in these forums for a few days, and I’m impressed and thankful for the thoughtful, complete, and thorough responses from Koz and Steve. It sucks to go into something new knowing almost nothing and stumble your way around - it’s even worse when those that DO know talk over your head and make ya feel dumb. You guys are cool as hell and tremendously understanding. Next beer’s on me…
Ok, so I set up my “studio” and took a crack for the first time, tonight. I ran a short clip through the tests Koz has linked elsewhere in the forum, checking the Noise, RMS, and Peak values. At this point I have zero regard for the “theatrical” or even editing aspect of my clips - I want to know I’m in the ballpark technically before I put that time and effort in.
The short snippet, attached, seemed to be pretty close to hitting the marks. The peak measured -5.4db, the noise floor of a quiet section in the middle was -64db, and the RMS was around -25db. Could it possibly be that I stupidly lucked my way into being so close that I simply need to goose my levels up across the board by a couple db to hit the correct peak, and bring my RMS within standards as well?
Secondly, do your trained ears hear anything in the raw file attached that will be a problem as I keep going? Breaths and bad reading aside, it seemed ok to me, clear of pops and tinny-ness.
I am using Audacity 2.1.0
Blue Yeti with pop filter
Gain on Yeti turned down to about 25% max, input on Audacity at 0.61
Any advice or corrections would be tremendously appreciated as I get moving…